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About - AAI

The African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) was mandated by the 25th African Union Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2015, to develop, with the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), a proposal for enhanced support to Africa on adaptation and loss and damage. The African Adaptation Initiative (AAI) was launched in Paris during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) that took place in December 2015.

image #1 AAI represents a bold and innovative step by Africa to galvanize the support needed to significantly scale up adaptation and actions to address loss and damage on the continent with an initial focus on enhancing action in the pre-2020 period.

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AIMS

The AAI aims to enhance action on adaptation, with the aim of addressing the adaptation financing gap, and implementing measures to address loss and damage in Africa. This will be done through partnerships with institutions and organisations undertaking relevant work on the continent to scale up and replicate on-going initiatives and develop proposals for new initiatives. The AAI will advocate for and facilitate access to existing and scaled-up resources for African countries to develop and implement policies, plans, and actions to support their efforts to adapt and address loss and damage.

Outcomes

After successfully delivering results as intended under Phase 1 (2015-2016) and Phase 2 (2017-19), the AAI is now resourcing and implementing post-2020 activities under Phase 3 (2020-2030). Phase 3 begins with achieving transformative results for adaptation in Africa through a 2020-2025 Roadmap. In delivering the AAI 2020-2025 Roadmap, the AAI seeks to contribute results across four high-level outcome areas:
  • USD 1 Billion is invested in African countries by 2025 to ensure adequate climate information services (including early-warning systems and observational infrastructure) to support robust policy and decision-making on adaptation;
  • All African countries have translated their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and their NDC Adaptation into investment plans, and fundable pipeline of projects by 2025;
  • Doubling of adaptation finance accessed and mobilized by African countries by 2025 for their urgent priorities;
  • Implementation of at least one regional flagship programme in each of the 5 regions in Africa, addressing the critical sectors (and drivers) of the African economy: agriculture, water, disaster reduction, cities and local communities, coastal protection, health and biodiversity and ecosystems.

AAI’s Phased Approach: AAI is implemented through a phased approach to achieve transformative adaptation results for Africa in sync with global processes

PHASE 1

(2015 — 2016)

A political mandate from African Heads of State and Government and endorsement from all 54 African countries was given.
The AAI was launched at COP 21 in Paris.
Two Technical Working Group meetings were held.

This phase of the AAI has been successfully achieved.

PHASE 2

(2017 — 2020)

The AAI will play a facilitative role, working with partners to scale up and replicate adaptation action and approaches to address loss and damage. This phase will begin with facilitating support to African countries to develop and implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) through a partnership with UNDP.
AAI will develop a yearly report to map on-going initiatives on adaptation and addressing loss and damage and assesses progress towards meeting its objectives.

PHASE 3

(2020 — 2030)

The AAI will continue to work with partners to facilitate the scaling up and replicating of adaptation action and approaches to address loss and damage. Additional flagship programmes will be developed and additional resources will be mobilised.

Areas Of Focus

The AAI aims to work with partners to facilitate access to support and implement activities in four key areas.

Pillar 1: Enhancing climate information services

Goal: All African countries have climate information services adequate in quantity and quality to support decision making.

Pillar 2: Strengthening policies and institutions

Goal: Stronger continental, regional, and national institutional and policy frameworks to support decision making on adaptation and loss and damage in Africa.

Pillar 3: Enhancing on the ground action

Goal: Significantly increase the number of projects and programs being implemented to enhance adaptation and address loss and damage in Africa.

Pillar 4: Climate finance and investments

Goal: Increase access to funding and mobilise additional support to enable the implementation of adaptation actions and approaches to address loss and damage.

DELIVERY MODEL

The AAI is an African-led initiative which is strongly rooted in existing African institutions.

The proposed delivery model is described below.

Political guidance: Political leadership to guide AAI will be provided by CAHOSCC and AMCEN.

Steering Committee: A steering committee comprising of the AMCEN bureau and chair of the AGN.

Technical Support Unit: The day-to-day operationalisation of the AAI will be coordinated by the TSU.

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Publications

ENHANCING ACTION ON ADAPTATION AND ADDRESSING LOSS AND DAMAGE IN AFRICA.

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Click to download the AAI Workshop in PDF format.

Click to download the AAI Newsletter in PDF format.

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Newsroom

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May 20

African Leaders Endorse Plan From Global Center on Adaptation for Africa to Build Climate Resilience Into Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

54 leaders from the African Adaptation Initiative championed by President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, endorsed the policy recommendations outlined in the brief “Integrated Responses to Building Climate and Pandemic Resilience in Africa”. The policy brief was prepared by the Global Center on Adaptation and African Adaptation Initiative and outlines a plan of action for African countries to ensure stimulus spending is used to build back better from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Aug 19

The Green Climate Fund held its first Global conference 19-23 August 2019. It brought together representatives from 134 developing countries including 50 Ministers.

The AAI participated in the 5-day conference. Discussions were rich, and covered topics including the flow of climate finance, integrating adaptation and mitigation into national priorities, encouraging developing countries to help build momentum on global climate ambition, and sharpening the GCF’s strategic approach to climate finance to better meet developing country needs

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Dec 18

AFRICA DAY @COP24 – Africa establishing its place amongst the global community of leaders tackling climate change.

Nigerian President Buhari encourages cooperation at COP24

“Climate change: No country can fight it alone”

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Oct 18

Press Release – The AAI Joins the Global Commission on Adaptation

“The AAI recognises that African countries in particular need more effective governance models, which ensure that adaptation strategies go beyond discrete projects and ultimately embed participatory processes favouring deliberative decision-making, and take into account local realities. The AAI therefore seeks opportunities to work with all members of the Commission on complementary activities, whilst maintaining its advocacy role for African countries by highlighting the priority issues and areas for action on the continent.”

Contact

Currently, the Africa Adaptation Initiative is seeking funding from African and international resource providers in the public and private sectors. This is to enable AAI to deliver its 2020-2025 strategy, to support African countries to achieve their adaptation and resilience objectives.
Would you like to learn more about how countries can access support from the Africa Adaptation Initiative? Do you need information on how to support AAI to achieve results for adaptation and resilience in Africa?
Please contact: Ambassador Seyni Nafo AAI Coordinator mimikaseyni@gmail.com

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    Pillar 1: Enhancing climate information services

    Goal: All African countries have climate information services adequate in quantity and quality to support decision making.

    Pillar 2: Strengthening policies and institutions

    Goal: Stronger continental, regional, and national institutional and policy frameworks to support decision making on adaptation and loss and damage in Africa.

    Pillar 3: Enhancing on the ground action

    Goal: Significantly increase the number of projects and programs being implemented to enhance adaptation and address loss and damage in Africa.

    Pillar 4: Climate finance and investments

    Goal: Increase access to funding and mobilise additional support to enable the implementation of adaptation actions and approaches to address loss and damage.

    Pillar 1: Enhancing climate information services

    Goal: All African countries have climate information services adequate in quantity and quality to support decision making.

    Pillar 2: Strengthening policies and institutions

    Goal: Stronger continental, regional, and national institutional and policy frameworks to support decision making on adaptation and loss and damage in Africa.

    Pillar 3: Enhancing on the ground action

    Goal: Significantly increase the number of projects and programs being implemented to enhance adaptation and address loss and damage in Africa.

    Pillar 4: Climate finance and investments

    Goal: Increase access to funding and mobilise additional support to enable the implementation of adaptation actions and approaches to address loss and damage.